Consider sharing scary stories with your children this Halloween season. Childhood and adolescence can be scary at times, but children flourish with appropriate tools and experiences. Scary stories not only captivate their imaginations but also help them explore fear from a safe distance. Learning what fear feels like through reasonably scary books can help children build emotional resilience, teach them to cope with their fears, and help them overcome the feeling of helplessness. They show us that it’s okay to be afraid and that even when we are frightened, we can use our brains (or natural survival instincts) to safely escape dangerous situations.
Below are some recommendations for young readers, after all, terrifying a child with stories beyond their ability to process can have serious consequences. Find these and other great titles on our shelves and in our eLibrary.
Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds
I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll; Howard McWilliam (Illustrator)
The Bad Seed Presents: the Good, the Bad, and the Spooky by Jory John
In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz
The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree by Stan Berenstain; Jan Berenstain
Minnie and Moo and the Haunted Sweater by Denys Cazet
Rise of the Balloon Goons by Troy Cummings
The School Is Alive! by Jack Chabert
The Red Ghost by Marion Dane Bauer
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney
The Stitchers (Fright Watch #1) by Lorien Lawrence